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If I have an occupational license in Wisconsin, will my license be listed as suspended on the National Driver Register? Or will it show that I have an occupational license until I receive my regular license back in a few months?


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To the best of our knowledge your driver's license would still be listed on the National Driver Register (NDR) as suspended since it is under suspension which other states should be alerted to. With an occupational license you can normally drive to work and home but are limited in other places you can drive since your full driving privileges are still suspended.

For example, in Wisconsin when applying for an occupational license you are supposed to list on the application the times and places in which plan to drive so that it can be approved by the Wisconsin DOT on the application it notes specifically that if you are a student, indicate the school you are attending.

On the Wisconsin ODL application it states that a homemaker may include, but is not limited to: grocery shopping, medical appointments, caring for parent or spouse, taking children to school activities, child visitation, etc. Homemaker does NOT include operation for pleasure or recreation.

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In this state by signing the application, you are certifying that you are operating a motor vehicle, during the times and at the locations specified in the application, as necessary for fulfilling the duties of your occupation. So if you need to drive out of the times and places you signed up for on the application you would need to inform the WI DOT and make sure you were give permission to drive and not be doing so illegally.

If you want to see how your license is listed on the NDR you could ask your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about it or request a copy of your listing on the NDR.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) administers the NDR. The NHTSA states that the NDR contains only a listing of names and related identification, provided by State driver licensing officials, of those "problem drivers" whose driver's licenses have been cancelled, denied, revoked, or suspended or who have been convicted of certain serious traffic violations.

To have the NDR checked to see if you are listed on it, complete the form, have your signature (or your mark as witnessed) notarized, and mail the completed form to the National Driver Register at: 400 7th Street, SW., Room 6124A (NPO-124), Washington, DC 20590-0001. Forms that are not notarized will not be processed.

If you are planning on moving out of state keep in mind that when state officials process a driver's license application, they are required to check the NDR database to determine if the applicant has been identified as a problem driver in another state. If a match is found in NDR, state officials are directed to another state DMV system for details on the traffic conviction. According to the NHTSA, in 2006, more than 70 million inquiries were made for drivers' license applicants, 9 million of which were found to be problem drivers in NDR.

The requirement to check applicants against NDR was intended to prevent problem drivers from "license shopping" meaning that someone goes to a different state to get a new driver's license when their current licenses are suspended or revoked. Keeping problem drivers off the road is critical to the Department's goal of reducing highway fatalities and injuries.


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